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Illuminate Invitational Launch Party: 24 Peaces Premiere
Special Private Home Event with Sedona Peacemakers and Artists
World Premiere

Experience an intimate evening of film, food, community artists and peacemakers with California-based 24 Peaces artist GENE and two-time Oscar winner Director Ron Judkins. GENE shares his journey to meet 24 of the world's greatest living peacemakers, the likes of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Marianne Williamson, Dr. Deepak Chopra and others. Director Ron Judkins, known for his work on Saving Private Ryan (1998), Schindler's List (1993) and Jurassic Park (1993) paints the possibility of each peacemaker on film while GENE paints each on a canvas. They share their project and footage for the first time in a private Work-in-Progress World Premiere.  GENE will be joined by Sedona's most distinguished peace artists for a silent auction of inspired works, including a piece GENE will paint while in Sedona. Proceeds benefit the Sedona Culture Collaborative, ILLUMINATE, Sedona City of Peace organization, and 24 Peaces project. Food and wine served.


On Meditation
Opening Night - With Live guided meditation with Sarah McLean
World Premiere

On Meditation explores the deeply personal and transformational practice of meditation. Practiced for thousands of years, meditation is at once profound and simple: the focused attempt to move beyond conditioned “thinking” into a deeper state of awareness. On Meditation offers a rare glimpse into the private insights and rituals of its subjects, including director David Lynch, Breaking Bad actor Giancarlo Esposito, Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan, late author Peter Matthiessen, and yoga master Elena Brower. Experience the power of the collective as you join fellow movie-goers in connecting to the deepest part of yourself through a live guided meditation.

Q & A with director Rebecca Dreyfus & producer Susannah Ludwig.


AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda
& Kirtan Chanting with Mas Vidal.
Southwest Premiere

AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda is an unconventional biography spotlighting the legendary East Indian mystic who introduced yoga and meditation to the West in the conservative 1920s. Yogananda's classic best-seller "Autobiography of a Yogi" continues to reach millions worldwide and became the go-to book for countless seekers, including George Harrison, Russell Simmons and Steve Jobs (it was the only book he had on his iPad). Filmed over three years with the participation of 30 countries, this documentary examines the current consciousness of East and West, and also the world of yoga, both modern and ancient. Understanding Yogananda's vast influence helps explain why millions today have turned their attention inwards, bucking the temptations of the material world in pursuit of self-realization.. 

Q & A with directors Paola di Florio and Lisa Leeman and producer Peter Rader.

Sedona Premiere

A young man investigating the underworld of "factory farming" soon discovers a growing political and intellectual movement that considers animals as important as humans. Speciesism is an important meditation on how the collective global consciousness could very well be shifting to include all life forms as sacred. You will never look at animals the same way again. Especially humans.

With live Skype with director Mark Devries.

Preceded by:  
Engineering Our Own Divinity- Shots of Awe | USA | 2013 | 2:54 • Documentary Short

The Rocket
Encore Screening

Australia's submission for the Academy Award, winner of the Best First Feature award at the Berlinale and Best Narrative Feature at Tribeca, The Rocket is a heartwarming, triumphant tale about challenging one's place in the family order. Ahlo is the 10-year-old surviving twin of a difficult birth and is believed to be cursed. When tragedy strikes, Ahlo is ostracized by the superstitious community, and even by his own family. He decides that his only hope of redemption is the Rocket Festival: a riotous, and dangerous, annual competition where huge bamboo rockets are set off to provoke the rain gods. Set amidst a beautiful landscape, The Rocket is a powerfully moving and uplifting film. An example of conscious storytelling at its finest.

Preceded by:  
The Recyclist | USA | 2012 | 8:10 • Narrative Short

Finding Hillywood
Arizona Premiere

Set amongst the hills of Rwanda, Finding Hillywood chronicles one man's road to forgiveness, his effort to heal his country, and the realization that we all must one day face our past in order to transcend it. A unique and endearing film about the very beginning of Rwanda's film industry and the pioneers who bring local films to rural communities in their effort to find peace in a turbulent land. Finding Hillywood is a real life example of the power of film to heal a man...and a nation.

Preceded by:  
No Strangers | USA | Canada | Mongolia | UK | 2013 | 28 min • Documentary Short

Death Makes Life Possible
With Post-Screening Conversation with Deepak Chopra, MD and Marilyn Schlitz, PhD
World Premiere

Death Makes Life Possible takes the viewer on a beautiful and ground-breaking journey through one of life's most taboo topics: death. A game-changer for anyone confronting issues of mortality — our own or others, the film presents compelling (and comforting) ideas on the mysteries of death, backed by scientific research and captivating stories from scholars, health professionals, spiritual teachers, scientists, children, and those who have had near-death experiences.


Lulu In The Nude
Southwest Premiere

After a job interview gone wrong, Lulu sets sail leaving her husband and three children behind. But being a carefree adventurer is easier said than done. Along the way, our discreet heroine will have three key encounters: with an ex-con being protected by his brothers, an old woman who is literally being bored to death, and an unhappy waitress who’s being mistreated by her boss. The surprise of love, the comfort of female intimacy, and a case of misplaced compassion are the three movements in this fugue which help Lulu find an old acquaintance she has lost touch with: herself. 

Preceded by:  
Matter of Magic. Q & A with director Anna Darrah | USA | 2014 | 14:46 • Narrative Short

May I Be Frank
With Post-Screening Q&A: Where is Frank Now?

An amazing true story of personal transformation captured on film. Addicted to drugs and morbidly obese, Frank Ferrante is a 54-year-old 290-pound Sicilian-American from Brooklyn with Hepatitis C on the look-out for a quick fix. He hands his life over to the twenty-something owners of Café Gratitude, a raw-vegan restaurant in San Francisco, who commit to helping him change his ways over the course of 42 days, and in the process giving him a second chance at finding love, fulfillment and happiness. May I Be Frank is a heartwarming story of redemption through sex, drugs and a miraculous mind-body-and-spirit transformation.

Preceded by:  
Alchemy | U.S.A. | 2013 | 7 mins • Narrative Short

Monk With A Camera

Monk With A Camera
Encore Screening

The Dalai Lama makes a request of Nicky Vreeland that will change the course of his life.  If you recognize the name "Vreeland," then you would be correct: he is the grandson of fashion icon Diana Vreeland. So, why is Nicky, once on the path of becoming a high-powered photographer, now in this position? This enthralling documentary by Tina Mascara and Guido Santi ("Chris and Don: A Love Story"), grants us intimate access to Nicky and his extraordinary spiritual journey. We see behind the curtain of Tibetan Buddhism and inside the heart and mind of a man whose every step takes him further away from one seemingly pre-ordained life and toward another.

Q&A with directors Guido Santi and Tina Mascara

Preceded by:  
A Marvelous Power: Honoring You | USA | 2011 | 6:45 • Documentary Short

Song Of The New Earth
With Reel Healing: Sound Journey with Three Trees
Southwest Premiere

From director Ward Serrill (The Heart of the Game) and co-producer Betsy Chasse (What the Bleep Do We Know!?), Song of the New Earth features the transformative life journey of renowned sound healer, psychotherapist , brain scientist and modern day mystic Tom Kenyon. From a young aspiring Nashville musician to an internationally revered sound alchemist.

Q & A with director Ward Serril and co-producer Betsy Chasse.

Coexist Comedy Tour
Encore Screening

A comedy concert film designed to demonstrate religious coexistence goes awry when the Christian comic leaves the show and the producers must go in search of a replacement. The Coexist Comedy Tour - What in God's name could possibly go wrong?

Preceded by:  
Stalled | USA | 2013 | 15 min • Narrative Short

When My Sorrow Died: The Legend of Armen Ra and the Theremin
With Sound Journey Performance by Armen Ra
Arizona Premiere

Glamorously eccentric and enigmatic Theremin virtuoso Armen Ra recounts his dynamic journey in this life-spanning documentary that mixes rare concert performances, deeply candid interviews, and archive material with the magical power of music that can alchemize ancient sorrow into timeless beauty. Having performed in esteemed venues including the United Nations and Lincoln Center, and appeared on CNN, HBO, MTV, VH1 and in Vogue, The New York Times, The Village Voice, Rolling Stone and Glamour, Ra is one of few remaining Theremin masters in the world, playing an instrument that is no longer being made.

Q&A with Armen Ra and producer Matt Huffman


& Emotional Freedom Ride with Eva Maurice
US Premiere

Catalzyed by the passing of his dear buddy Steve Irwin, Australian producer Justin Lyons tracked down the world's leading alternative health and emotional healing experts to find cures for the incurable. Neale Donald Walsh, Dr. Joe Dispenza, Dr. Bradley Nelson, and Nassim Haramein converge to deliver the most comprehensive choose-your-own-adventure road to recovery from all that ails humanity - trapped emotions, fears, and unprocessed life experiences that countless people unknowingly hold in their bodies. Join Eva Maurice and emotional clearing practitioners to uncover inner peace, abundance, longevity and loving relationships in this powerful film-workshop one-two punch.

Dance of Liberation
Dance into the Deep with Live DJ
World Premiere

Dance of Liberation follows the visually stunning, inspirational journey of a lost and broken young woman who transforms into a powerful soul healer - and bravely tries to mend her deepest childhood wound along the way. Experience the true story of Israeli-American Parashakti, and how her personal practice of yoga, 13 years of ceremonial service with Native American Elders, and the creation of her own transformative healing practice, the Dance Of Liberation®, ultimately healed her life. We all have the power to transform the life we are given if we have the strength to face our shadows and the courage to move in the direction of our dreams. 

Q & A with Parashakti, Anahata & Dr. Dan Engle

Mile...Mile & A Half: A Film-Hike-Music Immersion
Closing Screening
Sedona Premiere

In an epic snow year, a group of artists leave their busy lives behind to hike and visually document the historic John Muir Trail. From Yosemite to Mt. Whitney: 219 miles in 25 days. Along the way, they’re joined by a soulful group of musicians, painters, teachers & other adventure-seekers. In the midst of the grandeur & grueling days, they discover that what matters most is the opportunity to seek inspiration & adventure at every turn with friends. Inspired by the emotional power of human connectedness and humanity's relationship with the land, movie-goers will embark together on a MILE...MILE & A HALF hike on Sedona's Centennial Trail with musicians, artists, healers, and a Native American Spiritual Emissary who will offer joyful musical celebrations and ceremonies along the route.

Q & A with director Ric Serena and producers Jennifer Serena & Kia Kiso.